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Giovanni’s Room this weekend will welcome a man whose career has literally taken him from one side of the world to the other — and whose legacy as the nation’s first openly gay ambassador has made a world of difference for future LGBT leaders.

ATLANTA — A graduate-school counseling student took her fight with Augusta State University to the federal appeals court in Atlanta on Tuesday, claiming that her First Amendment rights were violated when professors sought to punish her for her biblical views on gay rights.

SEATTLE — A gay softball organization has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to three players who were disqualified from its 2008 Gay Softball World Series because of their perceived heterosexuality.

California marriage-equality advocates saw a setback last week as the antigay supporters of the ballot effort to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage law were given the green light to back the initiative in court.

Teen in gay-student slaying pleads guilty

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Oxnard teen who shot a gay classmate he believed was flirting with him has agreed to spend the next 21 years in prison, a plea deal that ends a case that drew national attention and ignited debate on how schools should deal with openly gay students.

It wasn’t a sting by the toxic box jellyfish — one of the most venomous animals in the ocean — that forced famed distance swimmer Diana Nyad to call off her third attempt to cross the 103 miles of open water from Cuba to Florida in September.

The effort to overturn the federal ban on same-sex marriage saw a significant victory last week, although most pundits are not optimistic full repeal of the law will be achieved this session.

According to her dads, life is good for Carrigan Starling-Littlefield, a spunky 5-year-old being raised by two gay men in South Carolina, which doesn’t recognize their out-of-state marriage.

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